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A cosmetic procedure that lifts the brow, changing both the shape of the brow and increasing the distance between the eyes and browline. Dr Sharp performs this procedure endoscopically. 

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that raises the position of the eyebrows; it can also alter a deeply furrowed brow.

The procedure reduces the creases, or ‘frown lines’, that develop across the forehead and on the bridge of the nose. By raising the brows, patients can also experience a slight reduction in skin laxity on the upper eyelid.

Some patients request brow lift surgery for naturally low-set brows.

Brows can also become low set over time as the forehead skin and underlying structures develop laxity –  these are common signs of natural ageing.

Ptosis (the clinical term for ‘sagging’) of the eyebrows also contributes to ptosis of the upper eyelids. If ptosis is significant, visual field impairment.

Upper eyelid ptosis can be adjusted through blepharoplasty surgery but it will not address heavy brows. However the two procedures are often linked, as long term excess upper eyelid skin obstructs vision, causing patients to raise their eyebrows and use their forehead muscles to try and lift the skin on their upper eyelids, causing deep grooves and wrinkles in the upper face.

Sometimes, people in their 30s and 40s might notice a genetic predisposition to having a flat or naturally lowered brow, even before the signs of mid life ageing are apparent.

These people sometimes feel prematurely aged, or are mistaken for having a tired or perplexed ‘resting’ appearance that doesn’t reflect how they really feel on the inside.

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Aims of brow lift surgery:

  • EElevating the brow into a higher position
  • EReducing forehead wrinkles
  • EReducing frown lines that develop between the eyes near the nose

Other surgical procedures performed along with a brow lift when clinically indicated, are facelift (meloplasty or rhytidectomy) surgery and eyelid reduction (blepharoplasty) surgery.

Does Dr Sharp perform endoscopic brow lift?

Yes. Three to five short incisions are made in or above the hairline. An endoscope (thin instrument with a tiny camera) is passed through the incision and positioned near the brow.

Using an instrument inserted through another incision, the forehead skin is released from the underlying bone and lifted upwards. Sutures are then placed under the skin to lift the brow.

The hairline usually stays at the same level.

Please note this type of brow lift is not suitable for advanced ageing whereby significant tissue and skin descent exists in the forehead.

Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?

You may be a candidate for brow lift surgery if you:


  • EAre physically healthy
  • ENonsmoker
  • EHave a positive outlook and realistic expectations

As we age, skin ageing and loss of underlying bone structure and soft tissue may cause the eyebrows to drop, hooding our upper eyelids. If you want to alter this region of your face, a brow lift may be right for you.

Brow lift costs will include:

  • EAnesthesia fees
  • EHospital and theatre costs
  • ESurgeon’s fee
  • ESurgeon’s assistant’s fee

If you experience delayed healing or a complication, and require further surgery, additional costs and recovery period may be involved. Prior to your surgery these will be discussed with Dr Sharp, who takes care to reduce the occurrence of complications by following best practice surgical standards. When choosing a specialist plastic surgeon for a brow lift, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

During your brow lift consultation be prepared to discuss:


  • EYour motivations and expectations
  • EYour complete medical history, current prescription medications, including vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use


What will happen during my consult?

When you book your consultation, you will receive an email with lots of information about brow lift surgery. Please read over all documentation as it will help form foundation knowledge prior to your consult. This helps you to develop questions to ask Dr Sharp and get the most out of your consult with him.

On the day of your initial consult, you will speak with Dr Sharp directly. In alignment with our patient education values, we do not outsource your first discussion regarding surgery to another team member or nurse in our clinic – you will speak directly to the surgeon who’d perform your operation; Dr Sharp. 

Plan to be with us for about 1 hour at this first visit. Subsequent visits are shorter. Please note you have at least 2 consults prior to cosmetic surgery – and we offer all patients more, if they wish. 

  • Evaluate your general health status and any risk factors
  • Discuss your options
  • Examine and measure different parts of your face
  • Take photographs
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of brow lift surgery and any potential complications

Be sure to ask questions. It’s very important to understand all aspects of your arm lift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement or preoperative stress. These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with Dr Sharp.

What questions should I ask at my brow lift consult?

Questions to ask Dr Sharp during your brow lift consultation:

  • Are you a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Are you a qualified specialist plastic surgeon? You can check here.
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • How can I expect to look over time?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my brow lift surgery?

What are the risks involved with brow lift surgery?

Surgery is not an exact science, and complications are rare, but do occur. The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the surgery will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of a brow lift are acceptable.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complication

Brow lift surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Loss of hair around the incisions
  • Elevated hairline
  • Eye irritation or dryness
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Facial nerve injury with weakness or paralysis
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation or intense itching
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Poor wound healing
  • Possibility of revision surgery
  • Skin loss
  • Unfavorable scarring

These risks and others will be fully discussed and documented, prior to your consent with Dr Sharp. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with him before committing to surgery.


What recovery is involved with brow lift surgery?

Brow lift surgery recovery time

Initial wound healing may take 14 days. Sutures are usually dissolvable – non dissolvables will be removed around 7 days post op. You should be ready to return to work and normal activity after 10-14 days.

Cosmetics can help camouflage any bruising. Even though you will look presentable to the public, you will find that the healing will continue for several weeks, as the swelling dissipates and incision lines refine and fade. It may take several months for your complete recovery.

Following Dr Sharp’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. It’s important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

It is important to consider how you might feel in the instance of a postoperative complication occurring. This can incur additional costs and recovery, including time off work and lifestyle limitations until you are fully healed. While we take every measure to ensure complications don’t occur, they are a reality of all surgery so it is important to think about how you may feel if they occur.